Dos and Don'ts of Buying a Body Protection Film
If you love your car's paint job, then you should consider buying a body protection film to protect it. Typically made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), this protective film is used to protect your car's paint job and other vulnerable surfaces from damages caused by sand, stones, and harmful chemicals. Aside from protecting your vehicle, body protection films also spruce up your vehicle by making it glossy. If you're interested to purchase this protective film, here are some of the dos and don'ts that you need to consider when buying a body protection film.
- Buy the appropriate body protection film thickness for your vehicle. Some professional film applicators recommend 14-mil (.36 mm) thick films for lighting surfaces and 8-mil (.21 mm) films for other parts.
- Buy in bulk roll form if you want to cover various areas such as the bumper, hood, fender, and mirror. By doing this, you'll be able to save money and cut the film to fit irregularly sized parts.
- Buy a body protection film if you want to avoid spending a lot of money for a new paint job.
- Buy body protection films in kits if you're a do-it-yourselfer. These kits come with instructional videos, sample pieces, and other tools that you will need so you won't end up with wasted films.
- Buy films that have clear coat finishes so your car will look glossy for a long time.
- Don't buy from a brand that you do not trust. Always remember that when buying car parts, you should choose those that are made by trustworthy manufacturers. So you will know which brands are trustworthy, you need to read brand reviews written by experts and car owners because these reviews enumerate the strengths and weaknesses of various brands.
- Don't buy a body protection if its adhesive is too thick. Usually, body protection films that have thick or unclear adhesives look rough or like orange peels once they're applied.
- Don't forsake quality for price. Even though they are cheap, some protective films out there are made from low-quality materials. This is the reason why these films do not last long and just end up damaging vehicles.
Body Protection Film: Removal and Installation Made Easy
Because of constant exposure to varying temperatures and chemicals, our cars' body protection films eventually wear off. If your car's protective film is already deteriorating, you need to replace it immediately to ensure that its finish won't get scratched or chipped by rocks and other debris. This DIY guide will teach you how you can remove a worn body protection film and how you can install a new one in your own garage.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Replacement body protection film
- 50/50 alcohol and water mixture
- Adhesive remover
- Heat gun
- Latex gloves
- Automotive soap
Removing the old body protection film
Step 1: Park your car on level ground. Then, choose the area where you're going to start.
Step 2: After choosing a particular area, run the heat gun over it to detach the adhesive film.
Step 3: Pry the corner of the loose film using the tweezers. Don't forget to wear latex gloves so you won't get your hands dirty.
Step 4: After lifting the corner, carefully remove the entire section of the protection film with your hands. If a section is too difficult to remove, heat it up with the heat gun again.
Step 5: Pour four tablespoons of adhesive remover to a rag. Then, use the damp rag to clean the adhesive residue off your vehicle. Make sure that you won't pour adhesive remover directly to your car's body because it may damage the paint.
Step 6: In a bucket, mix 1/2 gallon of water with 1/2 cup automotive soap. Use this mixture to remove the remaining adhesive residue, dirt, and other kinds of debris from your car. Once you're sure that your car is clean enough, rinse it with water.
Step 7: Allow your car to dry for a few hours, or you can use a rag to dry it.
Installing a new body protection film
Step 1: Fit the protection film over your car. The film should fit 1/8 inch or less of your vehicle's front hood edge, and it should reach the center of your fenders.
Step 2: Wash your hands with soap and water. Don't forget to keep your hands wet while installing the film.
Step 3: Slowly pull the film's backing. Make sure that you're spraying the film with soapy water while you're detaching the backing so it will be easier to mold.
Step 4: Carefully attach the body protection film to your car. Start on the front corner then work your way to the back corner. If the film is too sudsy, use the squeegee to clean it.
Step 5: Using the alcohol and water solution, secure the edges of the film so it won't come off.
Step 6: Repeat steps 1 to 5 to attach the remaining sections of the protection film. Once you're done, dry your car using a rag.